02-12-2010, Department of Information Technology (DIT), Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Government of India

Sub: Request for information under Sec. 6 of the Right to Information Act, 2005

Dear Sir,

Kindly provide me answers to the following questions regarding the recent hacking of computers in India. (Please refer to news reports on 7 April 2010, China cyber spies target India, Dala Lama- report at http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-47473520100407)

Q1. Has an investigation been launched by the Government into this hacking? What is the process for interacting with the investigation team?
Q2. Of the total systems hacked, what percentage of them were running Microsoft Windows?
Q3. What entities outside of government, in the NGO or private sectors, were affected by this hacking, to the best knowledge of your investigators?
Q4. By when can security recommendations emanating from the investigation be expected?

Please find Indian Postal Order No. 84E 178071 dated 04-01-2010 of Rs. 10 in favor of Accounts Officer, department of Information Technology, New Delhi towards the Right to Information Application Fees.

08-12-2010, No. I(102)/2010-PIO(RTI) from Department of Information Technology (DIT)

Subject: Request for information under RTI Act, 2005 received from Prof. Arun Mehta regarding recent hacking of computers in India.

I am forwarding herewith an application/requst for information under the RTI Act,2005 received from Prof. Arun Mehta, New Delhi. You are requested to give the relevant inputs/ documents by 17-12-2010.

(Forwarded to Anil Kumar Kaushik, Scientist 'E'/ Deemed CPIO, DIT)

23-12-2010, No.1(102)/2010-PIO(RTI) from
Department of Information Technology (DIT)

Subject: Request for information under RTI Act, 2005.

The requisite information as received from the concerned division is as under:-
"The article of Reuters is referring to report titled 'Shadow in the cloud'. Interview published by India Today with one of the authors of the report is attached as Annexure I, Excerpts of the report indicating concerned agency of Government of India is attached as Annexure II. For further information the concerned agency may be approached".

Annexure I
Copy of the story "China's cyber espionage- tip of a very large iceberg: Investigator" published in India Today, April 6 2010.
Annexure II
Copy of pages I to IV and 1 to 52 of the the report "Shadows in the cloud: Investigating Cyber Espionage 2.0"